“Monday could be D-Day for Dean,” said one Republican senator, who noted that pressure is increasing from constituents and advocacy groups.
“It is clear the votes are not there and that he has lost confidence with the conference — that’s clear,” said another Republican close to Skelos. “It’s just a matter of time for him to accept it and take the next step.”
The Republican close to Skelos said he believed it is a “done deal” for DeFrancisco to take over as leader, after some quiet campaigning by candidates for the job, although others said the debate was ongoing. The Republican said Flanagan, the Senate Education Committee chairman, was seen as too deeply connected to the Common Core effort that has enraged some parents and teachers statewide. Others said some members feel “it’s upstate’s turn” to hold the office.
It's not only his support for the Common Core that is likely to do Flanagan in for the majority leader position.
His support of Cuomo's SAFE ACT is the other nail:
Gun rights advocates have been urging their local senators to support DeFrancisco, citing his opposition to the SAFE Act, on which Flanagan – along with Skelos – voted “yes.”
It will be interesting to see the effects on education policy if Flanagan doesn't get the majority leader position in part because of his support for Common Core.
I keep writing that until politicians are made to pay a political price for their support of and water-carrying for Common Core, we'll not get much in the way of substantive policy changes.
Well, it's possible we're about to see a politican - one John Flanagan, happy Common Core warrior - pay a political price for that support.